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Accelerating time-to-market using digital twin technology

MEM

Accelerating time-to-market using digital twin technology ~ Revolutionising manufacturing for competitive advantage ~ In an era where time-to-market is a critical factor for success, manufacturers are turning to digital twin technology as a game-changing solution. Here Stephen Hayes, managing director of automation specialist Beckhoff UK, explores the transformative power of digital twin technology and how it delivers instant return on investment (ROI) for manufacturers, revolutionising their ab

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More funding to support ethical textile manufacturing

Manufacturer's Monthly

The Victorian Government is backing the clothing manufacturing sector to grow and support its workers through its support for Ethical Clothing Australia. Ethical Clothing Australia provides accreditation to textile, clothing and footwear manufacturers to ensure compliance with strict standards including paying workers fairly and providing safe working conditions.

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How robotics-as-a-service can help manufacturers with operations challenges

Control Engineering

Robotics insights The consumer packaging industry faces significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain disruptions, and a worker shortage, leading to a need for increased automation. Robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) offers a cost-effective solution for companies to implement automation, with lower upfront costs and faster ROI compared to traditional manufacturing methods.

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AI Likely to Augment Rather than Destroy Jobs: UN Study

Industry Week

A fresh study from the United Nations' International Labor Organization highlighted that the effects of technology would vary greatly between professions and regions.

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A Journey to Efficiency & Excellence in Manufacturing

Foundation Wellness, an orthotic and foot care product leader, transformed its manufacturing by implementing the Manufacturing Execution System FORCE MES FLEX from FORCAM ENISCO. Previously hindered by manual data collection, the company needed more efficiency and a proactive approach. Adopting an MES enhanced data visibility and enabled data-driven decision-making.

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Good for the Environment, Good for KPIs?

Industry Week

Leading-edge factories are now seeing the payoff from their strategic investments in greener technology.

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ABB to invest $280 million in its European Robotics hub in Sweden

Design World

· Significant upgrade of the site in Västerås follows recent investments in China and the United States · 65,000 m2 integrated Robotics Campus replaces existing site bringing together automated manufacturing, R&D, customer experience, and training centers to develop next-generation AI-enabled technologies, strengthening the company’s global leadership · Campus will strengthen ABB’s “local for local” setup… The post ABB to invest $280 million in its European Robotics hub in Sweden appea

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Rockwell Automation Signs Agreement to Acquire Clearpath Robotics.

Gary Mintchell

Autonomous robotics company’s acquisition to accelerate Rockwell’s end-to-end autonomous production logistics solutions Companies usually add a descriptive phrase following their name in a press release to describe what business they are in. Rockwell Automation has been “the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation”, and then “the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and software.

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New UK projects grow nuclear sector workforce by 20 per cent in one year

E&T

The annual jobs map from the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) shows that the sector employs 77,413 people across the UK, a 20 per cent year-on-year increase. However, the NIA warns that the UK must train tens of thousands of additional workers to deliver the government’s 24GW nuclear target by 2050. The first project on course to be completed is the oft-delayed and over-budget Hinkley Point C.

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Beckhoff USA Packaging pros join global team

Design World

The Global Packaging Team at Beckhoff is expanding how it supports its numerous multinational CPG and machine builder OEM customers. Beckhoff USA’s industry management experts – packaging industry manager Mark Ruberg and packaging industry business development manager Rick Forsgren – are now officially part of the Global Packaging Team led by Frank Würthner, Global Business… The post Beckhoff USA Packaging pros join global team appeared first on Design World.

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Why Unified Namespace is Key to Industry’s Digital Transformation

Automation World

Unified Namespace provides a standardized approach to data sharing and interoperability between different systems and applications.

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Provide Real Value in Your Applications with Data and Analytics

The complexity of financial data, the need for real-time insight, and the demand for user-friendly visualizations can seem daunting when it comes to analytics - but there is an easier way. With Logi Symphony, we aim to turn these challenges into opportunities. Our platform empowers you to seamlessly integrate advanced data analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting into your applications, transforming raw data into actionable insights.

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ZEDEDA Introduces New Certification to Support Growing Use of Edge Computing

Gary Mintchell

Companies are trying several different strategies to assemble a coalition or collaboration in pursuit of building market momentum. Many of these niche software categories are interesting. My wonder is whether the end game is the typical one among technology startups these day—eventual acquisition. Sometimes these work out and sometimes they don’t. But Zededa (I don’t like the all caps marketing ploy) does have some interesting technology.

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Heat pumps outperform fossil fuel heating even in icy conditions, study finds

E&T

A heat pump takes heat at a low temperature from the air or ground and increases it to a higher temperature, before transferring it into homes for central heating and hot water. This heat extraction method means that the efficiency of heat pumps declines in colder temperatures. However, experiments from researchers at Oxford University and the Regulatory Assistance Project think tank have shown that, even at temperatures as low as -30°C, heat pumps still outperform fossil-fuel-powered systems.

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Beckhoff Vision brings automation technology and machine vision into singular focus

Design World

With Beckhoff Vision, engineers can see what’s possible when machine vision hardware and automation software are perfectly matched. This comprehensive line of EtherCAT-enabled industrial cameras, lighting, and lensing components are paired with proven TwinCAT Vision software to round out a complete product portfolio. The new Beckhoff Vision hardware includes area scan cameras, C-mount lenses, multicolor… The post Beckhoff Vision brings automation technology and machine vision into singular

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Bimbo Bakeries Applies Artificial Intelligence

Automation World

Using Antuit.ai’s AI technology, Bimbo has improved order accuracy and minimized food waste even amid the disruptions caused by COVID-19.

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5 Ways CMMS Software Transformed Broderick's Manufacturing Plant: A Case Study

Discover how CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) transformed and revitalized Broderick's manufacturing plant in 5 productive ways. Before the CMMS, the plant faced challenges such as reactive maintenance due to staff shortages, inefficient inventory management, and poor team communication. With the CMMS, the plant experienced increased equipment uptime, streamlined maintenance processes, enhanced inventory management, improved communication, and better decision-making through real-

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Belden Acquires CloudRail To Enhance IIoT Presence

Gary Mintchell

Some years ago Belden was searching for a greater IoT presence in a manner I felt was not strategically aligned. This acquisition makes sense even given the rather garbled marketing justifications in the news release. Although a few companies are investigating other means than Cloud, certainly having a presence in the Cloud is essential for many applications.

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Ultra-low voltage motor, motor drive industry growth driven by mobile robotics, increased flexibility

Control Engineering

Motor and drive insights The ultra-low voltage motor market is projected to reach nearly $6.5 billion by 2027, driven by demand from battery-driven applications and increased flexibility in manufacturing and logistics processes. Larger industrial conglomerates are acquiring ultra-low voltage motor companies to enhance their versatility. Growth is particularly strong in North America and Asia, with China leading due to the mobile and industrial robotics sectors.

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DENSO president announces €63B R&D plan for new era of safe and sustainable electromobility

Design World

In his first European public appearance as president and COO of DENSO, the Fortune 500 advanced automotive technology supplier, Shinnosuke Hayashi revealed that the business plans to invest €63 billion (¥10 trillion) in research and development over the next ten years in line with its pursuit of zero emissions and zero traffic fatalities within mobility… The post DENSO president announces €63B R&D plan for new era of safe and sustainable electromobility appeared first on Design World.

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ERIKS welcomes its first apprentices

Manufacturing Management

ERIKS has welcomed the first apprentices to its newly designed apprenticeship programme. The new programme demonstrates its commitment to fostering a new generation of engineers and bridging the engineering skills gap.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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TradeBeyond Acquires Pivot88 

Gary Mintchell

This is not exactly in my field, but this acquisition news opens a door on what’s happening in supply chain technology markets. TradeBeyond announced that it has acquired Pivot88 , the trusted SaaS provider of quality, compliance, and traceability solutions to brands and retailers around the world. Powered by Applied AI, Pivot88’s platform enables a 360-degree view of products from cradle to grave, equipping retail businesses with actionable supply chain data to mitigate risk.

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Parliament House to showcase strength of Queensland manufacturing

Manufacturer's Monthly

To celebrate the launch of Manufacturing Month, 26 of Queensland’s leading manufacturers will show off their wares and capabilities in the first Parliamentary Manufacturing Showcase event. Manufacturing is a powerhouse sector in Queensland, contributing $20 billion to the Queensland economy each year and employing 180,000 Queenslanders. Many Queensland manufacturing businesses are world leaders in their field and the Showcase provides an opportunity for manufacturers to be celebrated, and to dem

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Air extend/spring retract gage head sensors avoid damage between inspection readings

Design World

NewTek GAR Series Spring-loaded Gage Heads are used in automated dimensional gaging applications as part of inline inspection processes when it is ideal for the sensor probe to move out of the way between readings. The probes of these LVDTs extend when taking dimensional measurements, then retract to their original position to avoid damage to […] The post Air extend/spring retract gage head sensors avoid damage between inspection readings appeared first on Design World.

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Plastics in Politics Live September 2023: What’s in the ‘zero draft’ of the UN plastics treaty?

Plastics News

What’s in the “zero draft” of the United Nations Plastics Treaty, and is it going to be binding or voluntary? Steve Toloken covers those questions in the September Plastics in Politics Live.

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Modernizing MES: A Guide for Complex Manufacturers Adapting to Industry 4.0

As engineers push the boundaries of innovation with groundbreaking hardware products, their success depends largely on the speed and efficiency of production. The challenge? Manual processes and disparate systems lead to multiple versions of documents, incomplete records, and duplicated work, creating a chaotic system of records that is difficult to manage.

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BAE Systems signs agreement to use Airlander blimp for defence operations

E&T

The Airlander 10 is a 44m-wide, 26m-high airship originally developed for the US government as a long-endurance surveillance aircraft. However, the US scrapped the programme as part of defence funding cuts, prompting HAV to redesign the aircraft for civilian purposes. HAV said Airlander could be used for “long-endurance airborne communications and surveillance” with the ability to carry up to 10 tonnes of logistics payload.

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Centennial College opens LEED Gold, zero carbon, mass timber building

Canadian Manufacturing

Photo credit: Riley Snelling. CNW Group/Centennial College TORONTO — Centennial College is opening the doors to its A-Building ─ Canada’s first LEED Gold, zero carbon, mass timber, higher-education building. A-Building, formerly known as A-Block, establishes a new gateway to Centennial’s flagship Progress Campus in Scarborough that supports Indigenous ways of being and teaching.

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Metal fabrication trends to watch at FABTECH 2023

The Fabricator

It’s show time for FABTECH 2023. Get ready for new levels of fabrication power and new levels of programming and planning simplicity, all driven by the almighty algorithm.

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Material Insights: Prices drop for PP, PC, ABS, nylon and recycled LDPE

Plastics News

Changes to feedstocks and softening demand ushered in late summer drops for polyethylene resin, along with engineering resins polycarbonate, ABS, nylon 6 and nylon 6/6. Senior reporter Frank Esposito discusses the moves in this week's Material Insights and shares price adjustments to post-consumer recycled LDPE from fellow reporter Bridget Janis.

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Deliver Mission Critical Insights in Real Time with Data & Analytics

In the fast-moving manufacturing sector, delivering mission-critical data insights to empower your end users or customers can be a challenge. Traditional BI tools can be cumbersome and difficult to integrate - but it doesn't have to be this way. Logi Symphony offers a powerful and user-friendly solution, allowing you to seamlessly embed self-service analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting directly into your applications.

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Government unveils £1bn scheme to insulate the UK’s draughtiest homes

E&T

The £1bn scheme will be open to families in lower council tax bands with less energy efficient homes and will be offered upgrades such as roof, loft or cavity wall insulation. Those eligible for support include families in council tax bands A to D in England, and A to E in Scotland and Wales, with an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of D or below.

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September 20! Future of Automation: 2023 Technology Forum speaker line-up announced

Automation Mag

Join us on September 20 at 1 p.m. ET for our 2023 Future of Automation virtual event! Advanced data processing capabilities, machine learning, artificial intelligence, cloud and edge technologies, collaborative automation and intelligent robotics are some of the many automation solutions allowing manufacturers to adopt a proactive approach to management of equipment, processes, products and factories.

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Agility Robotics’ Melonee Wise on how humanoids can fill automation gaps

Robotics Business Review

Melonee Wise recently joined Agility Robotics as CTO, and joins us for an update on her thoughts about the role that humanoids will play in automation. The post Agility Robotics’ Melonee Wise on how humanoids can fill automation gaps appeared first on Robotics Business Review.

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All-electric ENGEL e-motion meets strictest requirements at Fresenius Medical Care

Plastics News

In the production of plastic components for dialysis products in the cleanroom, maximum precision is required for every cycle. The task is to combine precision with process stability and cost effectiveness. Fresenius Medical Care masters this challenge with all-electric high-performance injection molding ma-chines by ENGEL.

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Mastering Digital Transformation: Your Guide to a Successful MES Implementation

70% of digital transformation projects fail (BCG, 2020). In an industry where most large software implementations falter, we recognize the importance of planning, optimization, and execution. With over 25 years of industry experience and countless successful implementations, MASS Group is opening the vault of tips and tricks to provide a complimentary step-by-step guide in implementing a Work-In-Progress (WIP) tracking software.